Finally! You can eat, eat, and eat, and no one will say a darn thing to you. Yep, you’re pregnant. And that means those incredible expandable-waist jeans are quickly becoming your new BFF during your pregnancy weight gain. But for those pregnant mamas who want to push everything in and tighten up, maternity Spanx are here to help. Now, before you shake your head, roll your eyes, or immediately click your way to a brand-new pair, scroll on for the scoop on Spanx’s Mama Maternity Line.

What Are Maternity Spanx?

Your go-to pair of opaque tights just won’t do. The down-to-the-toes option just isn’t practical at a family picnic in the blistering heat. So, go ahead and pick up a pair of maternity short shapewear, like Spanx’s Mama Short. Don’t expect it to tighten up that growing belly of yours. The shapewear isn’t meant to hide your bump. Instead, it pulls in any unflattering thigh and booty bulges.

If you’re in need of a dressier shapewear option — say, you’re going to a play or dining out at your favorite restaurant — Spanx’s Mama Sheers are a great option. They’re the same sheer pantyhose you used to wear in your pre-pregnancy days, but they have a comfy cutout at the top to accommodate your growing belly. Oh, and they’ll also tighten up and smooth out your thighs and butt.

The third option in Spanx’s maternity line are the Mama Tights, which are perfect paired with a cute skirt on cooler days. They’re full-coverage and thicker than the sheer shapewear.

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Do You Need them?

Here’s the thing: You really don’t need to wear tight, body-hugging shapewear when you’re pregnant. Your growing bump and the body changes that come with pregnancy are beautiful. But if you do happen to have a black-tie occasion or somewhere extra-special to go, or you’re feeling rather frumpy, the super-suck-in support that maternity Spanx provides might be exactly what you need right now. On top of that, the shapewear does reduce visible panty lines, if you’re wearing any.

If you’re picking up a pair of the tights or sheers shapewear, you don’t even need those pesky pregnancy panties — they’ve got a cotton gusset. (Don’t feel bad if you have no clue what in the heck a gusset is. It’s that little piece of material sewn into the crotch of the tights/sheers. Not only does it add extra width to the area, but it also means you can totally go commando.)

So, you’ve worn Spanx in your pre-pregnancy days. That means you know what the regular kind does and how it feels to wear them. Yeah, you know that scuba-suit type of comfort that shapewear provides. Some pregnant mamas would rather look less bumpy than feel like they can let loose. Others can’t imagine pulling an extra layer under their already rubber band-like clothes. Whether you opt to wear them or not, we know you’ll look great. The choice is yours, mama!

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